Applicants must be a region resident for at least six months prior to submitting an application and remain a resident throughout the contract period. Applicants may be asked to provide proof of residency, which must be demonstrated by the following, each showing an eligible address: 1) A valid MN state ID/driver’s license or other federally recognized documentation and 2) Bills for utilities or mortgage/rent.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old by the time of signing their grant contract. Applicants must also have no outstanding final reports due to SMAC. An artist may not apply for a second project that runs concurrently with another SMAC-funded individual artist grant project.

Grant panelists who will be reviewing grants for this program in the current fiscal year and immediate family members of SMAC Board and staff members are ineligible to apply for this grant program. SMAC board members are not eligible to apply for this program during their tenure on the Board or until two years following their resignation from the Board.

In addition to the restrictions listed in SMAC’s general grant guidelines, the following are not eligible for Artist Equity grants:

  • Equipment requests not specifically tied to the proposed project.
  • Credits or materials necessary to fulfill degree requirements for students, including tuition, class projects, and school-related exhibits, performances, or shows.
  • Projects that primarily involve developing curriculum plans, teaching materials, or other related activities intended to advance your professional teaching career; or applications that are primarily educational projects within a school system.
  • Applications that support strictly commercial activities; projects intended for mass-market distribution or those that have profit as the primary motive.